Thursday, January 3, 2013

TNTET : “Appointment of teachers subject to outcome of writ petition’’

TNTET : “Appointment of teachers subject to outcome of writ petition’’

HC Bench passes interim order on public interest litigation petition
The Madras High Court on Thursday said that appointment of BT Assistant Teachers and Secondary Grade Teachers subsequent to the Teachers Eligibility Test held in October this year would be subject to the result of a writ petition pending before it.

The First Bench consisting of Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam passed the interim order on a public interest litigation petition by M. Palanimuthu, an advocate, and headquarters secretary of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi. The Bench posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

Mr. Palanimuthu said a supplementary Teachers Eligibility Test was conducted in Tamil Nadu on October 14. A total of 3,73,696 candidates wrote the examination and 8,808 were successful. When releasing the results, the Teachers Recruitment Board failed to publish the community-wise and subject-wise passed candidates. This, the petitioner said, had been done with an “ulterior motive.” The board had hidden the facts to SC, ST, Backward Classes and the physically challenged.

The NCTE had issued a communication of April 1 last year for relaxing 5 per cent to SC/ST and the physically challenged candidates for qualifying eligible marks. In the notification itself, the board had not mentioned about the relaxation of the qualifying marks for eligibility as had been done by some other States.

The petitioner prayed the court to conduct the selection of BT Assistant Teachers and Secondary Grade Teachers according to the NCTE guidelines.

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TNTET - B.T. assistant vacancies filled up

TNTET - B.T. assistant vacancies filled up

Online counselling for the post of B.T. assistant for TNTET (Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test) candidates for appointment within the district took place on Sunday at Syed Murtuza Government Higher Secondary School under the supervision of Chief Educational Officer K. Selvakumar.

Of the 322 candidates who had cleared the examination in the district, 222 were appointed within the district. The rest would take part in the second day of online counselling on Monday for appointment in other district, the CEO said. Online counselling for appointment of TNTET passed candidates for secondary teacher posts would be conducted on Tuesday. Teachers’ Recruitment Board is conducting appointments on the basis of weightage and seniority.

For BT assistants, 
weightage is based on scores in higher secondary (10), degree (15), B.Ed. (15), and TNTET (60). 

Weightage for secondary teachers is awarded on the basis of scores in higher secondary (15), D.T.Ed. (25), and TNTET (60).

Certificate verification was conducted for TNTET passed candidates last month at E.R. Higher Secondary School for four days.

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TNTET : Petition seeks relaxation for SC/STs in TET minimum marks

TNTET : Petition seeks relaxation for SC/STs in TET minimum marks

A writ petition has been filed in the Madras High Court Bench here seeking relaxation, for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, in the minimum mark of 60 per cent fixed by Teachers Recruitment Board for clearing the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).

R. Anusuya (23) of Tirunelveli, a Dalit candidate, who had scored only 76 marks as against the minimum required marks of 90 out of 150, had filed the petition. She claimed that failure to provide relaxation was against the Constitutional safeguards provided for the SCs and STs.

When the case came up for hearing before Justice V. Ramasubramanian on Thursday, he ordered notice of motion (notice issued before admitting a case) to the School Education Department as well as Teachers Recruitment Board returnable by four weeks.

Earlier, petitioner’s counsel G. Thalaimutharasu contended that TET was made mandatory for all those who want to serve as teachers on the basis of recommendations made by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) after the enactment of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009.

The instructions issued by the NCTE categorically state that though a candidate must secure a minimum of 60 per cent to be eligible to clear TET, the State Governments might consider providing concessions to candidates belonging to SC, ST, Other Backward Classes and the physically challenged.

In accordance with the instructions, relaxation of five per cent of marks was provided for SC/ST candidates in Assam, 10 per cent in Odisha, 20 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and five per cent in Delhi. Such relaxations were provided even for the NET and SLET examinations conducted for college lecturers.

Though Tamil Nadu was one of the most progressive States that had always been in the forefront in terms of ensuring social equality, it was surprising that it had failed to provide relaxation of marks in TET for people belonging to socially backward communities, he added.

The counsel also claimed that there were several mistakes in the question paper prepared for the TET conducted on October 14. He said that a key (list of answers) downloaded by his client from the Internet did not contain any answer for at least two of the 150 questions.

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